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Glasdir School

The project comprised the design and build of a new single storey primary school campus to provide a new home for both Rhos Street and Ysgol Pen Barras primary schools. The schools were designed as 180 pupil capacity (I F E) school for Rhos Street and 270 pupil capacity (1.5FE) school for Ysgol Pen Barras with a shared kitchen provision. As part of our Sustainability Action Plan and Community Engagement Programme an extensive programme of community engagement, recruitment/training and interactions with local schools and colleges was undertaken.

The Challenge:

The Council were committed to delivery of local economic and social benefits through the Glasdir schools project, to provide new and modern facilities for both schools. A key focus was ensuring local investment and employment opportunities for the long-term unemployed.

The response 

Local Supply Chain

We engaged our established local supply-chain partners and used a Meet the Buyer event to help establish 72% of the project spend within North Wales and 17% spend to Denbighshire-based subcontractors. The project safeguarded 287 construction jobs in the region with 70% of the workforce living within <30 miles of the site ensuring local investment and sustainability for the SMEs and employees.

Employment Opportunities

Our workshop at the Job Centre provided CSCS card training/advice and mock interviews. One work placement was offered to encourage return to work and construction site experience.

14 employment opportunities were created (including recruitment of unemployed people either directly or via the supply chain), and 11 apprentices, significantly above the project’s target of 8.

Construction Curriculum Support Activities

Working closely with the Modernising Education team, CITB and local schools and colleges, we delivered a range of construction activities including site visits, interactive VR workshop with Sixth formers and our architects, health and safety presentations and a Careers Fair at the local secondary school.

A total of 15 engagements were completed exceeding the target of 5. A successful open-day for the local residents and community was held before the new schools opened.

The results

The success of the workshop at the Job Centre resulted in Alastair Paul taking up a work placement offer as a site operative. This was an un-paid, voluntary position. After a successful work placement, Alastair was offered a full-time position with us for the duration of the project.

Key Performance Statistics for the project

  • 14 New Entrant and employment opportunities including apprenticeships, work placements and direct recruitment
  • 70% of workforce living <30 miles of site
  • 72% project spend on North Wales-based SMEs
  • 6 subcontractors achieving NVQ training and qualifications
  • 90 weeks per £m spend achieved for targeted training and recruitment
  • 1158 Pupil Interactions (STEM Engagement) achieving 123 interactions per £m invested.
  • 15 construction curriculum support activities achieved.
  • Client Denbighshire County Council
  • Sector

    Education

Awards

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